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Rodgers overrated? OK. But not a Top 5 QB? Here's why...

July 30, 2019 - 2:55 pm
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It's difficult to find guys in NFL history, let alone in the NFL today, that can boast a football resume on par with Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers. 

-Super Bowl Champion

-Super Bowl MVP

-2x NFL MVP

-7x Pro Bowler

-3x All-Pro

If he were to retire today, he'd hold the NFL records for career quarterback rating, career touchdown-to-interception ratio and lowest career interception percentage. So, in the ultimate team game, how can a guy who holds the records for his position's key metrics for efficienct and mistake-minimal play be overrated?

Injuries and poor team success have marred Rodgers' previous status as the benchmark of quarterback excellence. Those are key factors in labelling No. 12 overrated according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

He cites a clear "line of demarcation" in Rodgers' play -- Week 7 of the 2015 season -- in a recent article for NFL.com. The before and after data of that line are as follows:

Before: 76-33 win/loss, 66 percent completion rate, 107 passer rating

After: 24-24-1 win/loss(/tie), 62.6 percent completion rate, 96.4 passer rating

In the "after" portion, Rodgers has posted seasons with his second-lowest completion percentage and lowest total number of touchdown passes (in seasons in which he played at least 10 games.)

"Given this clear decline in Rodgers' play over the past few years," Brooks wrote. "The Packers QB just can't be ranked as the top player at his position -- especially when so many quarterbacks across the league are playing lights out."

Brooks lists Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson, in that order, as the league's current Top 5 quarterbacks.

Do you agree with Brooks' assessment of Rodgers? What about his Top 5?